Hey there!! I am so excited to share this project with you all today! I was inspired when I found something similar in the Pottery Barn magazine last week so I got busy and created my own version!
I purchased a 2’x2′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood from Lowe’s for about $4! If you have scrap plywood this is a great way to use it!
I also purchased:
3 – 1×2’s @ 8ft.
1 – 1×3 @ 6ft.
1 – 1×4 @ 6 ft.
I used pine but you could save even more money using furring strips. Just make sure they are very straight or this project could make your head hurt 😉 ***Please measure as you go and make adjustments to cuts if needed.
Now for the cutting! I used my Ryobi Sliding Compound Miter Saw to make all of my cuts but if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, the hand saw and miter box, below, will get the job done!
Here are the cuts I made! (You will see long to long, long to short, long to straight. This is just the way to measure. Long to long means longest point on one end to longest on the other end. Long to short means longest point at one end to shortest point on the other end.)
2 – 1×4 @ 17″ long to short
2 – 1×2 @ 16 3/4″ long to short
2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ long to short ***after the first cut, you will make a 45 degree angle cut in the opposite direction about 1.5″ down the board. This will make the corners of the square.
2 – 1×2 @ 13 1/2″ long to long
2 – 1×4 @ 10 1/2″ long to long
2 – 1×2 @ 3″ long to long
2 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ long to straight
2 – 1×3 @ 8″ long to straight
2 – 1×2 @ 9 1/4″ long to straight
2 – 1×2 @ 10 3/4″ long to straight
2 – 1×4 @ 14 3/4″ long to straight
2 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ long to straight
When you make these miter cuts, it’s a simple 45 degree cut. Just set the miter saw to 45 and cut!
For the straight cuts, just swing it back to 0 degrees. For this saw, you just twist the handle at the end of the arm to loosen then slide the arm to the degree cut you want. Just twist the other way to lock it in place.
I chose 4 of my favorite Rust-Oleum stains to stain the boards. There was no rhyme to my reason 😉 I did stain one board at a time and put it back in its spot to dry so that I wouldn’t have to put the puzzle back together. The Rust-Oleum stains that I used are Kona, Early American, Light Walnut and Summer Oak.
Once the stain dried, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat to distress each piece. Again, I just did one at a time and put it back in it’s spot.
and I followed up with this bad boy! We love our Ryobi Airstrikes!!! I used 5/8″ brad nails for this.
For the trim, I cut 4 – 1×2 @ 25 3/4″ long point to long point. Turn the board up with the widest part against the fence of the saw. Just make a 45 degree cut on each end. *Measure your own piece to determine the length of trim.
I stained the trim pieces with Rust-Oleum Kona and glued them to the pallet with Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel and followed with my Ryobi Airstrike with 1 1/4″ brad nails. I used Super Glue Gel because I stained the trim pieces all over. Wood glue won’t hold once the wood is treated so Super Glue Gel was the perfect solution!
And again, I ran my Ryobi Corner Cat all over the frame to give it that distressed look!
If you love this Pallet Art, I’d love your pins!
Thanks so much for stopping by!